Last month, whilst walking through a grassed area on my estate, I noticed mushrooms. As far as I can remember they had never been there before and, unfortunately, there weren’t any for me to take for identification today.
In September I had been introduced to the Mid Yorkshire Fungus Group and was eager to join them in the hope that they would help me learn to forage for mushrooms. Since both my daughter and I love them, but it is one area I wouldn’t feel comfortable doing without an expert, I was therefore full of hope this morning.
As it turned out the foray at Brearley Marsh, on the northern edge of Leeds, was not quite what I had expected. Yes, there were people with baskets and magnifying glasses. However, they were largely recording what they found for research rather than for culinary purposes.
Notwithstanding my initial feeling of being out of place, I immediately learned a lot about fungus. Not least that it comes in the most amazing range of shapes with a mind-boggling array of attributes. Take for example the fact that some fungi have about 30 genders.
However, one other name I remember is Candlesnuff Fungus. It may not be edible but it looks fun, as with so many of the other fungi we came across.
I ate the wood blewits for my tea this evening and found them to be as pleasant as anything I could buy in a shop. So far, there have been no unseemly side effects, so onwards and upwards.